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    Enhancing Social-Emotional Outcomes in Early Years (E-SEE): Randomized Pilot Study of Incredible Years Infant and Toddler Programs

    Blower, Sarah L. and Berry, Vashti L. and Bursnall, Matthew C. and Cohen, Judith and Gridley, Nicole and Loban, Amanda and Mandefield, Laura and Mason-Jones, Amanda J. and McGilloway, Sinéad and McKendrick, Kirsty L. and Mitchell, Siobhan B. and Pickett, Kate E. and Richardson, Gerry A. and Teare, M. Dawn and Tracey, Louise C. and Walker, Simon M. and Whittaker, Karen A. and Wright, Jessica and Bywater, Tracey J. (2021) Enhancing Social-Emotional Outcomes in Early Years (E-SEE): Randomized Pilot Study of Incredible Years Infant and Toddler Programs. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 30 (8). pp. 1933-1949. ISSN 1062-1024

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    Social emotional development in infancy is a predictor of outcomes in later life, yet there is little evidence of effectiveness for parenting interventions designed to enhance social emotional wellbeing in infancy. An 18-month two-arm randomized controlled pilot trial evaluated the feasibility of a definitive trial of Incredible Years (IY) Infant and Toddler parent programs delivered in a proportionate universal model, called Enhancing Social-Emotional Health and Wellbeing in the Early Years (E-SEE) Steps. Intervention families received an IY Babies book (universal dose), followed by the IY Infant and/or the Toddler group-based programs, based on parent depression (PHQ-9) and/or child social emotional development (ASQ:SE-2) scores. Control parents received services as usual. Parents from two English local authorities with a child eight-weeks-old or younger participated, and were block randomized using a web-based system. Primary endpoints for the study were feasibility parameters relating to recruitment, retention, intervention fidelity and appropriateness of measures. 205 participants were randomized (152:53, intervention:control). Our target was 288 parents. Trial retention rate was higher than expected, with a completion rate of 88% (n = 181, 137:44) at follow-up 3; equating to 94% of 192 expected participants. Intervention uptake was lower than expected. Fidelity of delivery was acceptable and measures were deemed appropriate. A definitive trial is feasible with design amendments to include: introduction of a child screener for intervention eligibility; enhanced intervention material; revised sample size and random allocation ratio. Our internal pilot became an external pilot due to these changes

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Blower, S.L., Berry, V.L., Bursnall, M.C. et al. Enhancing Social-Emotional Outcomes in Early Years (E-SEE): Randomized Pilot Study of Incredible Years Infant and Toddler Programs. J Child Fam Stud 30, 1933–1949 (2021).
    Keywords: Proportionate universalism; Social emotional; Parent program; Incredible years; Infant
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Item ID: 17206
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    Depositing User: Dr. Sinéad McGilloway
    Date Deposited: 18 May 2023 12:28
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Child and Family Studies
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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